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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ninja Drools #14 Japanese Anmitsu Dessert

10:00 AM Posted by ninja 5 comments
Summer is finally upon us! So I thought this would be a great time to make Anmitsu, a Japanese Agar Agar dessert with fruit, ice cream, and shiratama dango (small mochi).

 To make the agar agar squares I used the agar agar sticks... but after trying the stick I actually prefer to use this:

I find the box agar agar powder quite a bit easier to use. Just follow the direction on the package no matter which ever agar agar you decide to use. 

For the shiratama dango (little mochi): 

To make these shiratama dango, you can use the shiratama powder. But if you can't find shiratama powder then Mochiko or Glutinous Rice Flour work just as well. 

Mix 1/3 Cup of Shiratama powder (or which ever powder you choose) with
3 TBS of water and 1 tsp of sugar. Mix the three ingredients with a spoon first but once it becomes crumbly like in the picture, then use your hands to start kneading it into a ball. Hint: if the ball is not coming together, then wet your hands with some water. 

Pinch off little pieces of the dough and roll into balls that's about one inch big. Once you have the dough all formed into balls then use your finger to make an indention right in the middle. 
Cook the shiratama dango in boiling water for about 2 minutes or until they start to float. Drain your shiratama dango into a bowl of ice water. The shiratama dango will harden if you don't use it after about half an hour, so heat it up again in the boiling water if you eat it after that time. 
For fun, I added some purple color paste into some of the shiratama dango dough and I thought it looked really pretty. 

Time to put the Anmitsu dessert together. Clockwise from the top: Mango, Vanilla Ice Cream, Agar Agar Cubes (I had some canned small agar agar cubes so I threw those in as well), Shiratama Dango, Strawberry, Blueberries and finally Red Bean in the middle. 

Anmitsu can also be topped with Kuromitsu syrup (a dark syrup):

1/3 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup of water

Boil the three ingredients together, let cool and pour over the top of your Anmitsu dessert. 

This Week Ninja Drooled Over: 
Make A Woman Cry Ep3

Tenno No Ryoriban  Ep 1
Beef Tonkatsu 

Be With You Ep 14 Pan Fried Red Bean 


Let's Eat 2 Ep 5 

Crab!!! I really want to eat this one! 


  1. You are such a talented cook, I have the urge to go and buy some shiratama powder right now to make myself some little mochi.

    1. Those little mochi were surprisingly easy and quick!

  2. Maybe I'll try making them this weekend and tell you how it goes :)

  3. I just found your blog last week, but I love these food posts! Of course, the drama impressions and recaps are great as well, but I always look forward to what recipe you'll put up next :)

  4. I droll with u and the ice desert u make is awesome.